People by name, V with Quotes

162 people with 3,484 quotes

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V. P. Singh30V. P. Singh born Vishwanath Pratap Singh (June 25, 1931, November 27, 2008), Indian politician and government official, was the eighth Prime Minister of India (1989–90) and the 41st nominal Raja Bahadur (ruler) of the northern kingdom of Manda. He is known for trying to improve the lot of India's lower castes in his short term as Prime Minister.
V. S. Pritchett22Victor Sawdon Pritchett (16 December 1900– 20 March 1997) was an British short story writer, novelist, memoirist and critic.
V. V. Giri27V. V. Giri born Varahagiri Venkata Giri ( Telugu: వరాహగిరి వెంకట గిరి) August 10, 1894 – June 23, 1980), was the fourth President of the Republic of India from 24 August 1969 to 23 August 1974. He also served as Acting President of India from 3 May 1969 to 20 July 1969, before getting elected.
Vaid, Urvashi1Urvashi Vaid (born 1958) is known for her 25 years dedicated to promoting civil rights issues for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. She is also known for her award winning book entitled Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation. Vaid lives with her partner, comedian Kate Clinton.
Vajpayee, Atal Bihari21Atal Bihari Vajpayee (born December 25, 1924) is an Indian statesman who served as the 10th Prime Minister of India, in three non-consecutive terms, first for 13 days in 1996, then for 13 months from 1998 to 1999 and then from 1999 to 2004 for a full five year term. He was also the Minister of External Affairs in the cabinet of Morarji Desai. His service as a parliamentarian spanned over four decades having been elected to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of India's Parliament) nine times, and twice to the Rajya Sabha (upper house). He has the distinction as the only parliamentarian to get elected from four different states of India at different times. He retired from active politics for health reasons.
Valenti, Jack41Jack Joseph Valenti (5 September 1921 – 26 April 2007) was an influential American lobbyist and a long-time president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Valera, Eamon de12Eamon de Valera (14 October 1882 – 29 August 1975) was an Irish politician, born Edward George de Valera, Irish name Éamonn de Bhailéara.
Valery, Paul34Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry (30 October 1871 – 20 July 1945) was a French author and Symbolist poet. His interests were sufficiently broad that he can be classified as a polymath. In addition to his fiction (poetry, drama, and dialogues), he also wrote many essays and aphorisms on art, history, letters, music, and current events.
Valle, Jose Cecilo Del7José Cecilio Diaz del Valle (November 22, 1780 – March 2, 1834) was a philosopher, politician, lawyer, and journalist and one of the most important figures in Central America during the transition from colonial government to independence, displaying a wide-ranging expertise in public administration management.
Vallejo, César5César Abraham Vallejo Mendoza (March 16, 1892 – April 15, 1938) was a Peruvian poet. Although he published only three books of poetry during his lifetime, he is considered one of the great poetic innovators of the 20th century in any language.
Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe47Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo (1807 – 1890) was a Californio military commander, politician, and rancher who was born a subject of Spain and became a military officer of the Republic of Mexico and participated in the settling and transition of the Mexican province of Alta California into the state of California. He served in the first session of the California State Senate.
van 't Hoff, Jacobus Henricus1Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Jr. (30 August 1852 – 1 March 1911) was a Dutch physical and organic chemist and the first winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is best known for his discoveries in chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, osmotic pressure, and stereochemistry. Van 't Hoff's work in these subjects helped found the discipline of physical chemistry as it is today.
Van Allen, James6James Van Allen (7 September 1914 – 9 August 2006) was a space scientist who was instrumental in the early space program of the United States.
Van Campen, Moses7Moses Van Campen (1757-1849) was a Revolutionary War soldier.
Van Damme, Jean-Claude1Jean-Claude Van Damme (born October 18, 1960) is a Belgian martial artist and actor best known for his action movies.
Van Der Beek, James2James William Van Der Beek, Jr. (born March 8, 1977) is an American film actor.
Van Der Rohe, Ludwig Mies2Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (March 27, 1886 – August 17, 1969), was an architect and designer.
Van der Sar,Edwin1Edwin van der Sar (born 29 October, 1970, in Voorhout, Netherlands) is a former professional Dutch footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
Van Dine, S. S.12S. S. Van Dine was the pseudonym of Willard Huntington Wright (October 15, 1888 – April 11, 1939), an American art critic and author. He created the once immensely popular fictional detective Philo Vance, who first appeared in books in the 1920s, then in movies and on the radio.
Van Doren, Carl9Carl Clinton Van Doren (September 10, 1885 – July 18, 1950) was a U.S. critic, historian, and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer.
Van Doren, Mamie2Mamie Van Doren (born February 6, 1931; some sources say 1933) is an American actress and sex symbol.
Van Draanen, Wendelin10Wendelin Van Draanen (born January 6, 1965, Chicago, Illinois) is an American author of children's books.
Van Dun, Frank5Frank Van Dun (born 1947) is a Belgian law philosopher and libertarian natural law theorist.
Van Halen, Eddie2Edward Lodewijk Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) is a virtuoso guitarist and a founding member of the hard rock band Van Halen.
Van Velde, Bram11Bram (Abraham Gerardus) van Velde (October 19, 1895 – December 28, 1981) was a Dutch painter known for an intensely colored abstract painting style. He is often seen as member of the Ecole de Paris but his work resides somewhere between expressionism and surrealism, and evolved in the 1960s into an expressive colorful abstract art.
Van Vleck, John1John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (March 13, 1899 – October 27, 1980) was an American physicist, co-awarded the 1977 Nobel Prize in Physics, for his contributions to the understanding of electrons in magnetic solids.
Van Vogt, A. E.15Alfred Elton van Vogt (/vænvoʊt/; 26 April 1912 – 26 January 2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author regarded as one of the most popular and influential science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century.
Van Zandt, Townes1John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997) was a country-folk music singer-songwriter, performer, and poet.
Vanbrugh, John9Sir John Vanbrugh (January 24, 1664? – March 26, 1726) was an English architect and dramatist, perhaps best known as the designer of Blenheim Palace.
Vance, John Holbrook150John Holbrook Vance (August 28, 1916 – May 26, 2013) was an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author, who wrote the four-book Dying Earth series.
Vance, Paul6Paul Vance (born 1929) is an American songwriter.
Vanderbilt, Cornelius3Cornelius Vanderbilt (27 May 1794 – 4 January 1877) was an American businessman who made a large fortune in the shipping and railroad businesses.
Vanderbilt, William Henry2William Henry Vanderbilt (8 May 1821 – 8 December 1885) was an American railroad executive, the son and heir of millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt.
VanderMeer, Jeff15Jeffrey Scott VanderMeer (born July 7, 1968, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania) is an American writer, editor and publisher.
Vangelis3Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (born 29 March 1943), professionally known as Vangelis, is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock, and orchestral music. He is best known for his Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots of Fire.
Vanier, Jean18Jean Vanier, CC GOQ (born September 10, 1928) is a Canadian Catholic philosopher, theologian and humanitarian. He founded L'Arche in 1964, an international federation of communities, spread over 35 countries, for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them. Subsequently in 1971, he co-founded Faith and Light, with Marie-Hélène Mathieu, which works for people with also developmental disabilities, their family and friends in over 80 countries.
Vanna White2Vanna White (born February 18, 1957) is an American television personality and film actress best known as the hostess of Wheel of Fortune since 1982.
Vanzetti, Bartolomeo4Bartolomeo Vanzetti (11 June 1888 – 23 August 1927) was an anarchist, who with Ferdinando Nicola Sacco was convicted of murdering two men during a 1920 armed robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. After a controversial trial and a series of appeals, the two Italian immigrants were executed on August 23, 1927.
Varela, Francisco20Francisco Javier Varela García (September 7, 1946 – May 28, 2001) was a Chilean biologist and philosopher who, together with his teacher Humberto Maturana, is best known for introducing the concept of autopoiesis to biology.
Varèse, Edgard5Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varèse (22 December 1883 – 6 November 1965) was a French-born composer.
Vargas González, Jorgr6Jorge Vargas González (born 8 February 1967) is a Chilean politician, singer, composer, and the mayor of Pichilemu from 1997 to 2007.
Varian, Hal3Hal Ronald Varian (born March 18, 1947) is an American economist specialising in microeconomics and information economics.
Varley, John23John Herbert Varley (born August 9, 1947, in Austin, Texas) is an American science fiction author.
Varma, Raja Ravi10Raja Ravi Varma (29 April 1848 – 2 October 1906) from the princely state of Travancore (presently in Kerala). He was widely acclaimed following his winning an award for an exhibition of his paintings at Vienna in 1873. Though his style of painting was described as too showy and sentimental, his paintings are widely popular in India. A large number of his lovely paintings are in the Laxmi Vilas Palace of Vadodara. He has been hailed as one of the “greatest painters in the history of Indian art. His paintings achieved recognition for his depiction of scenes from the epics of the Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Varoufakis, Yanis4Yanis Varoufakis (Greek: Γιάνης Βαρουφάκης, pronounced ˈʝanis varuˈfacis; born 24 March 1961) is a Greek-Australian economist. He is the former finance minister of Greece. In the January 2015 general election, he was elected to the Greek parliament, representing Syriza, and took office in the new government of Alexis Tsipras two days later, on 27 January 2015 He resigned from the Ministry of Finance on 6 July 2015, the day after a victorious no-vote on the referendum on austerity.
Varro, Marcus Terentius2Marcus Terentius Varro (116 BC – 27 BC) was a Roman scholar and philosopher. He is believed to have written more than 600 volumes, but of these only three volumes on agriculture, five on the Latin language, and a few fragments have survived.
Vasco Rossi18Vasco Rossi (born 1952) is an Italian rockstar.
Vasilevsky, Aleksandr6Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Vasilevsky (September 30, 1895 – December 5, 1977) was a Soviet military commander, promoted to Marshal of the Soviet Union in 1943. He was the Soviet Chief of the General Staff and Deputy Minister of Defense during World War II, as well as Minister of Defense from 1949 to 1953. As the Chief of the General Staff, Vasilevsky was responsible for the planning and coordination of almost all decisive Soviet offensives, from the Stalingrad counteroffensive to the assault on East Prussia and Königsberg. In July 1945, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of Soviet forces in the Far East, executing Operation August Storm and subsequently accepting Japan's surrender. After the war, he became the Soviet Defense Minister, a position he held until Stalin's death in 1953. After his death, he was buried in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis in recognition of his past service and contributions to his nation.
Vaszily, Brian1Brian W. Vaszily (born January 30, 1970) is an author, public speaker, and columnist. His books include The 9 Intense Experiences (Wiley, 2011), a non-fiction guide to positively transformative life experiences people can easily engage in, and Beyond Stone and Steel (Mundania, 2002), a short novel memorializing the spirit of the 9/11 victims and prompting Americans to reflect on what is "most important" in their own lives. An experienced internet marketing professional, Vaszily has written columns criticizing rampant irresponsible marketing on people's health, finances and quality of life.
Vātsyāyana32Vātsyāyana, also spelled Vatsayana, is the name of a Hindu philosopher in the Vedic tradition who is believed to have lived around 3rd century CE in India. His name appears as the author of the Kama Sutra and of Nyāya Sutra Bhāshya, the first commentary on Gotama's Nyāya Sutras. The attribution of the first name Mallanaga to Vatsyayana is due to the confusion of his role as editor of the Kama Sutra with that of the mythical creator of erotic science
Vaughan Williams, Ralph13Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was a British composer and folksong-collector who, in the early 20th century, played a key part in the forming of a distinctively national style of English classical music.
Vaughan, Brian K.14Brian K. Vaughan (born 1976 in Cleveland, Ohio) is the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated co-creator of many critically acclaimed comic books.
Vaughan, Henry21Henry Vaughan (April 17, 1622 – April 23, 1695) was a Welsh Metaphysical poet and a doctor, the twin brother of the philosopher Thomas Vaughan.
Vaughan, Stevie Ray6Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and founding member of Double Trouble.
Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, marquis de63Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues (6 August 1715 – 28 May 1747) was a French moralist, essayist, and miscellaneous writer.
Veasna, Khem13Khem Veasna (born 11 December 1971) is a Cambodian politician, the founder of the League for Democracy Party, businessman and leader of the LDP. Veasna graduated with bachelor's degree from the Royal University of Law and Economics.
Veblen, Oswald1Oswald Veblen (24 June 1880 – 10 August 1960) was an American mathematician, geometer and topologist, whose work found application in atomic physics and the theory of relativity. He proved the Jordan curve theorem in 1905.
Veblen, Thorstein114Thorstein Bunde Veblen (30 July 1857 – 3 August 1929), born Tosten Bunde Veblen, was a Norwegian-American sociologist and economist and a leader of the Efficiency Movement, most famous for The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899).
Vedder, Eddie8Eddie Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson III; December 23, 1964) is an American musician and singer-songwriter, who is best known for being the lead singer and one of three guitarists of the alternative rock band Pearl Jam.
Vega, Lope de8Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio (or Lope Félix de Vega Carpio) (November 25 1562 – August 27 1635) was a Spanish Baroque playwright and poet. His surviving plays, numbering more than 400, form the foundation of the Spanish dramatic tradition.
Vegetius Renatus, Publius Flavius14Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus (4th century, possibly into the 5th), commonly referred to simply as Vegetius, was a writer of the Later Roman Empire.
Végh, Sándor1Sándor Végh (17 May 1912 – 7 January 1997) was a Hungarian, later French, violinist and conductor.
Veith, Walter1Walter Julius Veith (born 1949) is an author and speaker known for his work in nutrition, creationism and other Christian topics.
Veloso, Caetano1Caetano Emanuel Viana Teles Veloso (born 7 August 1942) is one of the most popular and influential Brazilian composers and singers.
Veltman, Martinus2Martinus J. G. Veltman (born June 27, 1931, in Waalwijk) is a Dutch theoretical physicist. He shared the 1999 Nobel Prize in physics with his former student Gerardus 't Hooft for their work on particle theory.
Venizelos, Eleftherios21Elefthérios Kyriákou Venizélos (23 August 1864 – 18 March 1936) was a Greek politician. He was Prime Minister of Greece from 1910 to 1922, and again from 1928 to 1932.
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan31Venkatraman "Venki" Ramakrishnan (born 1952), an Indian-born American and British citizen, is a molecular biologist. He is the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath, "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome”. He currently works at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England. He has been honoured with the second highest civilian award of India, the Padma Vibhushan in 2010. The United Kingdom honoured him with Knigthood in 2012.
Venn, John1John Venn FRS (4 August 1834 – 4 April 1923) was a British logician and philosopher.
Venning, Ralph8Ralph Venning (1621–1673) was an English preacher.
Venter, Craig4John Craig Venter (born October 14, 1946) is an American biologist and entrepreneur, most famous for his role in being one of the first to sequence the human genome and for his role in creating the first artificial life form in 2010.
Ventura, Jesse93James George Janos (born 15 July 1951), most famous as Jesse Ventura, is an American politician and author, US Navy UDT veteran, former professional wrestler, actor, radio and television talk show host, and teacher, who became the 38th Governor of Minnesota.
Venturi, Ken2Kenneth Venturi (May 15, 1931 – May 17, 2013) was an American former professional golfer and golf broadcaster.
Venturi, Robert13Robert Charles Venturi (born June 25, 1925) is a Philadelphia-based architect who worked under Eero Saarinen and Louis Kahn before forming his own firm with John Rauch.
Verdi, Giuseppe8Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (c. 1813-10-09 – 1901-01-27) was an Italian composer, responsible for many of the greatest operas of the 19th century, including Il trovatore, La traviata, Un ballo in maschera, Don Carlos, Aida and Otello.
Verdonk, Rita2Rita Verdonk, (born 1955) is a Dutch polician who was the minister for Immigration and Integration, later Immigration, Juvenile Protection, Prevention and Probation in the Third Balkenende cabinet. She was expelled from the parliamentary faction of the VVD and in October 2007 announced the creation of a new political movement, Proud of the Netherlands (Dutch: Trots op Nederland).
Vere, Edward7Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (12 April 1550 – 24 June 1604) was an Elizabethan courtier, poet and patron of numerous writers.
Verene, Donald Phillip7Donald Phillip Verene (born 24 October, 1937) is Charles Howard Chandler Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy at Emory University.
Vergès, Jacques1Jacques Vergès (5 March 1925 – 15 August 2013) was a French lawyer, nicknamed "the Devil's Advocate," who was most notable as a defender of individuals accused of terrorism and war crimes.
Verghese Kurien28Verghese Kurien (November 26, 1921 – September 9, 2012) was a legendary Indian social entrepreneur who was known by the sobriquet the "Milkman of India" and the "Father of the White Revolution" for his contribution to the 'billion-litre idea' the "Operation Flood". This is the world's biggest agricultural development programme which transformed India from being a milk-deficient country to largest milk producer in the world. Dairy farming became India’s largest self-sustaining industry. He also founded the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). Among the several accolades and awards conferred on him, the most noteworthy are the Ramon Magsaysay Award, World Food Prize, Wateler Peace Prize and the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of India.
Verlaine, Paul11Paul-Marie Verlaine (March 30 1844 – January 8 1896) was a French Symbolist poet. He is often characterized as a poète maudit and an example of fin-de-siècle decadence in literature.
Vermeer, Johannes4Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer (1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life.
Vermes, Geza3Geza Vermes (22 June 1924 – 8 May 2013) was a scholar and writer on religious history, particularly Jewish and Christian. He was a noted authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient works in Aramaic, and an authority on the life and religion of Jesus.
Verne, Jules54Jules Verne (8 February 1828 – 24 March 1905) was a French writer best known as a pioneering author in science fiction.
Veronese,Paolo5Paolo Veronese (1528 – 19 April 1588) was an important Venetian Renaissance painter. His birth name was Paolo Cagliari or Paolo Caliari; he became known as "Veronese" from his birthplace in Verona.
Very, Jones10Jones Very (August 28, 1813 – May 8, 1880) was an American essayist, poet, clergymen, and mystic associated with the American Transcendentalism movement. He was known as a scholar of William Shakespeare and many of his poems were Shakespearean sonnets. He was well-known and respected amongst the Transcendentalists, though he had a mental breakdown early in his career.
Vettel, Sebastian15Sebastian Vettel (born 3 July 1987) is a German race car driver. He drives in Formula One for Red Bull Racing. In 2010 he came first in the drivers championship. He holds a few records in F1, he's the youngest one to take points, to take pole and to win and he became the youngest double world champion in Suzuka 2011.
Vetulani, Jerzy10Jerzy Vetulani (born January 21, 1936) is a Polish neuroscientist and pharmacologist. He is one of the most frequently cited Polish scientists in the field of biomedicine.
Vichy-Chamrond, Marie Anne de2Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand (1697 – September 23, 1780) was a French hostess and patron of the arts.
Vicious, Sid9Sid Vicious (May 10, 1957 – February 2, 1979), born John Simon Ritchie-Beverly, was an English punk-rock musician who was bass player for the Sex Pistols.
Vickery, Brian Campbell86Brian Campbell Vickery (September 11, 1918 – October 17, 2009) was a British information scientist and classification researcher, and Professor and director at the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies at University College London from 1973 to 1983.
Victor Kiam2Victor Kiam was an entrepreneur known for his TV commercials for Remington Shavers.
Victor, Jaclyn3Jaclyn Victor (born 4 December 1978) is a Malaysian singer who was propelled into fame after winning the title of Malaysian Idol.
Victoria of the United Kingdom10Victoria of the United Kingdom (Alexandrina Victoria Wettin, née Hanover) (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom from 20 June 1837, and Empress of India from 1876 until her death. Her reign lasted more than sixty-three years — longer than that of any other British monarch.
Vidal, Gore134Gore Vidal (3 October 1925 – 31 July 2012) was an American author.
Videla, Jorge Rafael12Jorge Rafael Videla (2 August 1925 – 17 May 2013) was the military leader of Argentina from 1976 to 1981.
Vidgen, Jack5Jack Vidgen (born 17 January 1997) is an Australian singer, best known for winning the fifth season of Australia's Got Talent.
Vigier, Jean-Pierre1Jean-Pierre Vigier (January 16, 1920 – May 4, 2004) was a French physicist and assistant to Louis de Broglie. He was a proponent of the Stochastic interpretation of quantum mechanics, which was based on the ideas of de Broglie and David Bohm.
Viglione, Brian11Brian Viglione (born 16 May 1979 in Greenville, New Hampshire) is the drummer for The Dresden Dolls and New York City's swing-punk orchestra, The World/Inferno Friendship Society.
Vigny, Alfred de9Alfred Victor de Vigny (March 27 1797 – September 17 1863) was a poet, playwright, and novelist. Until the rise of Victor Hugo he was considered to be the leader of the Romantic movement in France.
Viguerie, Richard1Richard Art Viguerie (born September 23, 1933, in Golden Acres, Texas) is a conservative figure, pioneer of political direct mail and writer on American politics. He is the current chairman of
Vihalemm, Rein3Rein Vihalemm (December 9, 1938 - July 18, 2015) was an Estonian chemist and philosopher of science, known for his reception of the philosophy of Thomas Kuhn.
Vila-Matas, Enrique1Enrique Vila-Matas (born March 31, 1948, in Barcelona) is a Spanish novelist who has had a long and outstanding literary career and is one of the most prestigious and original writers in contemporary.
Villa, Pancho5Doroteo Arango Arámbula (5 June 1878 – 20 July 1923), better known as Francisco or "Pancho" Villa, was a Mexican Revolutionary general.
Villacañas, Juan Antonio9Juan Antonio Villacañas (1922 in Toledo – August 21, 2001) was a Spanish poet, essayist and critic.
Villeneuve, Gilles19Joseph Gilles Henri Villeneuve (January 18, 1950 – May 8, 1982) was a Canadian Formula 1 racing driver.
Villon, François16François de Montcorbier or François Des Loges (c. 1431 – after January 5, 1463) was a French thief, murderer and poet, known to history by the name he adopted, François Villon. His intensely personal poems both celebrate and bitterly deplore his own criminal life in the underclass of late-medieval Paris.
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar3Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (May 28, 1883 – February 26, 1966) was an Indian revolutionary and Hindu political leader, who is credited with developing an Indian nationalist political ideology he termed Hindutva (Hinduness).
Vince Young1Vincent Paul Young, Jr (born May 18, 1983), commonly known as Vince Young or "VY", is a Pro Bowl American football player. He is a dual-threat quarterback, and the current starting quarterback for the National Football League Tennessee Titans.
Vince, Samuel4Samuel Vince (6 April 1749 – 28 November 1821) was an English clergyman, mathematician and astronomer at the University of Cambridge.
Vincent Fourcade2Vincent Gabriel Fourcade (27 February 1934 – 23 December 1992) was a French-American interior designer and the business and life partner of Robert Denning.
Vincent Siew1Vincent Siew (蕭萬長; Xiāo Wàncháng; born 1939) is a politician in the Republic of China (ROC). He was the Vice President of the Republic of China in 2008-2012.
Vincent, Gene4Vincent Eugene Craddock (11 February 1935 – 12 October 1971), known professionally as Gene Vincent, was a American musician, singer and songwriter who is considered as one of the pioneers of Rock n Roll.
Vincent, John Heyl9John Heyl Vincent (23 February 1832 – 9 May 1920) was an American Methodist Episcopal bishop.
Vincent, Lou2Lou Vincent (born 11 November 1978) is a New Zealand cricket player.
Vinci, Leonardo da312Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian Renaissance architect, musician, inventor, engineer, sculptor, and painter. His most famous painting is the Mona Lisa.
Vine, Stella35Stella Vine (born 1969) is an English painter and former stripper, who found success when Charles Saatchi bought a controversial painting by her of Princess Diana in 2004. She owned the Rosy Wilde gallery in London.
Vinet, Alexandre1Alexandre Rodolphe Vinet (June 17, 1797 – May 4, 1847) was a Swiss critic and theologian.
Vinge, Vernor33Vernor Vinge (born October 2, 1944) is a computer scientist and science fiction author, as well as a retired San Diego State University Professor of Mathematics.
Viola, Bill1Bill Viola (born January 25, 1951) is an American video artist. His exhibition profile, which includes the Guggenheim Berlin, Guggenheim New York, Getty Center, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, marks him as a major artist, at least by standards of public fame and repute.
Viorst, Judith1Judith Viorst (born February 2, 1931) is an American author, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher. She is perhaps best known for her children's literature, such as The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (about the death of a pet) and the Alexander series of short picture books, which includes Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (1972), which has sold over two million copies.
Virchow, Rudolf7Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow (October 13, 1821 – September 5, 1902) was a German doctor, anthropologist, public health activist, pathologist, prehistorian, biologist and politician.
Virgil326Publius Vergilius Maro (October 15, 70 BC – September 21, 19 BC), known in English as Virgil or Vergil, was a Latin poet, the author of the Eclogues, the Georgics and the Aeneid, the last being an epic poem of twelve books that became the Roman Empire's national epic.
Virgil Thomson21Virgil Thomson (November 25, 1896 – September 30, 1989) was an American composer from Missouri, whose rural background gave a sense of place in his compositions. He studied with Nadia Boulanger, and later established himself in New York City, as a peer of Aaron Copland and was also a music critic for the New York Herald-Tribune from 1940 through 1954. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1949 with his film score for Louisiana Story.
Virilio, Paul6Paul Virilio (born 1932) is a cultural theorist and urbanist. He is best known for his writings about technology as it has developed in relation to speed and power, with diverse references to architecture, the arts, the city and the military.
Vis, Rudi1Rudi Vis (4 April 1941 – 30 May 2010) was a British politician in the United Kingdom for the Labour Party, and Member of Parliament for the Finchley and Golders Green constituency.
Vischer, Phil24Phil Vischer (born June 16, 1966) is a writer, actor, animator, puppeteer, and the founder of Big Idea Productions, the company best known for bringing computer-animated vegetables to life in the popular VeggieTales series. His new company, Jellyfish Labs, develops faith-based creative media for kids and families.
Vishniac, Roman20Roman Vishniac (August 19, 1897 – January 22, 1990) was a renowned Russian-American photographer of poor Jews in Eastern European ghettos in the 1930s.
Visveshvaraya, Mokshagundam 17Mokshagundam Vishveshwariah (15 September 1860 – 14 April 1962), popularly known as "Sir MV", was a pre-eminent civil engineer and scholar. He was also a renowned statesman occupying the prestigious post of Diwan of Mysore (Chief Minister of Mysore) in the princely state of Mysore from 1912 to 1918.
Viswanathan Anand27Viswanathan Anand (born December 11, 1969), known popularly as "Vishy", is an Indian chess Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion. Anand was the first Indian to win the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2000 and since then he has won this Championship in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012. He remained the undisputed World Champion from 2007 to 2013. Anand was the FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion in 2003, and is widely considered the strongest rapid player of his generation. In the World Chess Championship 2013 he lost to challenger Magnus Carlsen.
Vitruvius193Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (born ca. 80/70 BC?; died ca. 25 BC) was a Roman writer, architect and engineer, active in the 1st century BC.
Vitter, David2David Bruce Vitter (born May 3, 1961) is an American Republican politician, currently serving as the junior U.S. Senator from Louisiana. He was formerly a member of the United States House of Representatives, first elected in 1999, to represent the suburban First Congressional District of Louisiana. In July 2007, Vitter was identified as a client of "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey's escort service in Washington, D.C.
Vittore Pisani1Vittore Pisani (1899–1990) was an Italian linguist.
Vivaldi, Antonio2Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 – 27 or 28 July 1741), nicknamed "Il Prete Rosso" (The Red Priest), was a Venetian priest and Baroque music composer as well as a famous violinist. He wrote in excess of 500 concertos plus many operas, overtures, sonatas and sacred vocal works.
Vivekananda, Swami214Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902) was a teacher of Vedanta philosophy, and one of the most famous and influential spiritual leaders of Hinduism.
Vizinczey, Stephen1Stephen Vizinczey (born 1933) is a Hungarian essayist, novelist, and literary critic.
Vladimir de Pachmann1Vladimir von Pachmann or Pachman (27 July 1848 – 6 January 1933) was a pianist.
Vladimir Horowitz7Vladimir Horowitz (October 1, 1903–November 5, 1989) was a classical pianist.
Vladimir Sofronitsky1Vladimir Vladimirovich Sofronitsky (or Sofronitzky; May 8 O.S. April 25 1901 – August 26, 1961) was a Soviet-Russian classical pianist,
Voegelin, Eric5Eric Voegelin (3 January 1901 – 19 January 1985) was a German-born American philosopher.
Voight, Jon6Jonathan Vincent "Jon" Voight (born December 29, 1938, in Yonkers, New York) is an American film and television actor. His first major film was Midnight Cowboy in 1969 for which he received his first Oscar nomination. He also appeared in Deliverance (1972), Coming Home (1978) and Runaway Train (1986). His performance in Coming Home earned him the Oscar for Best Actor. He is the father of actress Angelina Jolie.
Vokes, Christopher17Major General Christopher Vokes CB, CBE, DSO, CD (13 April 1904 – 27 March 1985) was a Canadian soldier.
Voltaire132François-Marie Arouet (November 21, 1694 – May 30, 1778), famous using his pen name Voltaire, was a French writer, deist and philosopher.
von Békésy, Georg3Georg von Békésy (Békésy György) (June 3, 1899 – June 13, 1972) was a Hungarian biophysicist born in Budapest.
Von Fraunhofer, Joseph18Joseph von Fraunhofer (6 March 1787 – 7 June 1826) was a German optician. He is known for the discovery of the dark absorption lines known as Fraunhofer lines in the Sun's spectrum, and for making excellent optical glass and achromatic telescope objectives.
von Freytag-Loringhoven, Elsa10Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (12 July 1874 – 15 December 1927), sometimes also called Else von Freytag-von Loringhoven, was a German-born avant-garde, Dadaist artist and poet who worked for several years in Greenwich Village, New York City, United States.
von Gerhardt, Dagobert1Dagobert von Gerhardt (pen-name Gerhard von Amyntor; 12 July 1831 – 24 February 1910) was a German soldier, poet, and novelist.
von Horváth, Ödön2Ödön (Edmund Josef) von Horváth (December 9, 1901 – June 1, 1938) was one of the most important German-language playwrights and authors of the twentieth century.
von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Erik1Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn (born July 31, 1909 in Tobelbad (now Haselsdorf-Tobelbad), Austria-Hungary; died May 26, 1999, in Lans, Austria) was an Austrian Catholic nobleman and socio-political theorist.
von Laue, Max2Max Theodor Felix von Laue (October 9 1879 – April 24 1960) was a German physicist who was awarded the 1914 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals.
von Mises, Richard20Richard von Mises (19 April 1883, Lviv – 14 July 1953, Boston) was a scientist and mathematician who worked on solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, aeronautics, statistics and probability theory. He held the position of Gordon-McKay Professor of Aerodynamics and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University.
Von Teese, Dita5Dita Von Teese (born Heather Renée Sweet on September 28, 1972) is an American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, author and actress.
Vonnegut, Kurt265Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11 1922 – April 11 2007) was an American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction.
Voroshilov, Kliment8Kliment Yefremovich Voroshilov (February 4 O.S. January 23 1881 – December 2, 1969), also known as Klim Voroshilov, was a Soviet military commander and politician. He was re-elected to the Central Committee in 1966 and was awarded a second medal of Hero of the Soviet Union 1968. He died in 1969 in Moscow and was buried in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis.
Vos Savant, Marilyn10Marilyn vos Savant (born 11 August 1946) is an American magazine columnist and author who rose to fame through her listing in the Guinness Book of World Records under Highest IQ. The following quotes are mostly from Ask Marilyn, her Sunday column in PARADE magazine. Where a question and answer are indicated, the question is a reader's and the answer is Marilyn's.
Vostell, Wolf5Wolf Vostell (14 October 1932 – 3 April 1998) was a German painter and sculptor and is considered one of the early adopters of video art and environment/installation and pioneer of happening and Fluxus.
Vowell, Sarah17Sarah Jane Vowell (born December 27, 1969) is an author, journalist, former rock critic and a contributing editor on the PRI program This American Life. She is also a voice-over actor, appearing as the voice of Violet Parr in The Incredibles.
Voznesensky, Andrey8Andrey Andreyevich Voznesensky (May 12, 1933 – June 1, 2010) was one of the group of Russian poets who first came to notice during the Khrushchev era. He is often compared and contrasted with his friend Yevtushenko.
Vrubel, Mikhail1Mikhail Aleksandrovich Vrubel (March 17, 1856 – April 14, 1910) is usually regarded as the greatest Russian painter of the Art Nouveau movement. In reality, he deliberately stood aloof from contemporary art trends, so that the origin of his unusual manner should be sought in the Late Byzantine and Early Renaissance painting.
Vu, Tom2Tom Vu (born December 5, 1957) is a Vietnamese-American real estate investor and poker player. He is best known for his series of infomercials from the 1980s and early 1990s that promoted his seminars through which he promised to teach people how to earn thousands of dollars via real estate transactions.
Vuillard, Édouard4Jean-Édouard Vuillard (November 11, 1868 – June 21, 1940) was a French painter and printmaker associated with the Nabis.
Vygotsky, Lev1Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky (November 17 O.S. November 5 1896 – June 11, 1934) was a Soviet psychologist and the founder of cultural-historical psychology.
Vyjayanthimala28Vyjayanthimala Bali (born August 13, 1936), is an Indian film actress. She is one of the most prominent actresses of the golden era; Bharatha Natyam dancer, Carnatic singer, dance choreographer, golfer and Parliamentarian. Her iconic film career lasted for more than two decades and she was known as the "feminine superstar" of the Indian screen. As an accomplished classical dancer in Bharata Natyam she introduced semi-classical dance to Bollywood which earned her the sobriquet "twinkle toes”. She won several Filmfare awardsFilmfare awards and national awards for her films. She was also awarded the the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
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